How The Pandemic Has Restored Our Relationship With Cars

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CTO and Executive Vice President at NXP Semiconductors, a leader in Automotive, IoT, Industry 4.0, Mobile and Connectivity technologies.

The changes brought by the pandemic are reinforcing all of the reasons people fell in love with cars in the first place and distancing us from some of the car-sharing ideas that were prevalent as recently as last year. They have brought us full circle to the car as a refuge and a way to get away, like the young people in post-war America once believed, with the added twist of providing a safety bubble.

The hint of this latest transformation may hide in the data on traffic. While vehicle use plummeted at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, according to the EPA, it has been on the rise lately despite the fact that many shelter-at-home orders are still in place.

Intriguingly, the actual data collected from vehicles shows

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Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market worth $3.6 billion by 2025

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CHICAGO, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to the new market research report “Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market with COVID-19 Impact Analysis, by Type (Tow Vehicles, Unit Load Carriers, Forklift Trucks, Assembly Line Vehicles, Pallet Trucks), Navigation Technology, Industry, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2025”, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Market is projected to grow from USD 2.3 billion in 2020 to USD 3.6 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.3% from 2020 to 2025. The key factors fueling the growth of the market include growing demand for automation in material handling across industries, improved safety standards at workplaces, and shift in demand from mass production to mass customization. Additionally, integration of industry 4.0 with robotics is also augmenting the growth of the AGV market.

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The laser guidance segment to hold

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Metro Is Sending Voters a Transportation Tax, Even as Tomorrow’s Commute Looks Foggy

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This month, regional government Metro referred to the November ballot the largest tax measure in Portland history: $5 billion for transportation, including a light rail line to Tualatin. Metro is plowing forward in the middle of a pandemic, against the outcry of business owners, because it says the need is urgent.

“The time to act is now,” Metro Council President Lynn Peterson told WW before the referral of the measure. “If we delay, we will not be able to create tens of thousands of jobs when we need them most, and our region could miss opportunities to leverage federal, private and philanthropic funds.”

But Metro is taking a big gamble at a moment of rapid change. That unpredictability extends to transportation. The fallout from COVID-19, social distancing and the economic downturn are changing American traffic patterns and may result in other, more drastic changes in how people commute.

Already, some

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The Latest Electric Car Hurdle: What if You Can’t Resell It?

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Much of the anxiety stems from batteries – the price, technology, density, and where to charge them. Manufacturers have worked for years to bring down the price on a per kilowatt-hour basis. Technology has improved, with different materials helping cars run longer and further, thus needing less charge. The chemistry has become more stable. In May, for instance, Svolt Energy Technology Co., owned by the parent of China’s Great Wall Motor Co., launched the world’s first battery that doesn’t use the controversial yet once-essential cobalt. It costs less than the mainstream competition and has higher density, meaning more energy is packed into the same volume.  

So the good news is, battery prices are dropping, down to 1.1 yuan ($0.13) per watt-hour in 2019 from 2.1 yuan per watt-hour in 2016. That also means that the cost of electric vehicles is coming down (though the good ones still aren’t that affordable),

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